Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are still awaiting forensics results on a skull found in a field south of Gardner in March.
Hunters made the gruesome discovery while searching for antlers in a field near Gardner Road and 215th Street on March 19.
Deputies conducted a detailed search of the property following the find. When the search was completed, a few weeks later, sheriff’s office officials said the evidence would be subject to forensics testing. They would not say what evidence, other than a skull, they had found; whether they believed the skull belonged to a male of female; or where the evidence was sent for forensics testing.
The sheriff’s office does have forensics testing capabilities. Johnson County forensics investigators were recently called upon to examine remains in a quadruple murder case in rural Franklin County, near Ottawa.
Deputy Tom Erickson, a public information officer with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, said typically, forensics results are within a month or so.
“We’re waiting just like everyone else is,” Erickson said. “…Sometimes things just take time. As soon as we know something, we’ll be happy to share it.”
Deputies await skull test results